DAY 1 – 25 March, 2019

Experts in humanitarian action from Bangladesh, South Korea,  India and Indonesia have gathered together in order to attend the RedR Training on Managing People and Projects in Emergencies. By working in different organizations (governmental, non-governmental, international, national and local), these experts have gained experiences which they are willing to share with their colleagues during these five days training.

After introducing every member of the group and setting ground group rules, the RedR Indonesia CEO, Pak Benny, has introduced to the participants the activities being hold by RedR Indonesia at the moment, as well as its history and evolution. In the first training day participants have learned about humanitarian basic concepts, such as humanitarianism and development, managing skills and manager’s expected qualities. In addition, guidelines on how to conduct needs assessments, tools and techniques have been tackled by using participatory techniques.

During the first day sessions, participants were able to share their experiences, therefore sessions were dynamic and participative. By dividing the group in smaller groups, the participants had the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of different emergency response experiences in which they have been involved.

DAY 2 – 26 March, 2019

The participants started the training day by doing a recap session which was facilitated by a group of participants themselves. By asking different questions and redefining concepts which were tackled during the first day of trainings, attendants had the opportunity to summarize the topics that they learned.

All sessions during the second day were related to teambuilding, collaboration and coordination, which led to the creation of a cohesive and inclusive atmosphere by and for the participants.

The participants further focused on the Logical Framework of Action (LFA-Logframe) and related programming strategies bringing their own field experiences and complementing the given theories.

DAY 3 – 27 March, 2019

The participants started the day by visiting Merapi Volcano, concretely Kinahrejo village – which was affected by the eruption in 2010. Additionally, they also had the opportunity to visit Mbah Maridjan’s house, who refused to flee from their house when the eruption happened as he was believed to be the Merapi’s gatekeeper.

After visiting Maridjan’s house, the participants moved to Dongkelsari permanent shelter which is located in Wukirsari Village, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency. There, they had the chance to meet and discuss about  emergency response’s stages; from evacuation to reconstruction. Mr. Makwan, head of emergency and logistics of the Sleman District Disaster Management Agency, along with local authorities and the representative of Dongkelsari permanent shelter, lead a discussion on natural disaster matters.

Last but not least, participants visited Sungai Gendol to explore the SABO DAM which was constructed to regulate lava  flows and to reduce its destructive power. Furthermore, the participants had the opportunity to meet local communities as well as the correspondent representatives and authorities.

In the afternoon, a brief summary of the Merapi visit was held. Furthermore, a session focussing on individual developing was facilitated by using group activities in which participants could face the actual constraints when working in heterogeneous teams. To end the day, participants were briefed on the risk management cycle, focusing on types of risks, identification, evaluation and monitoring stages.

DAY 4 – 28 March, 2019

The fourth day was a journey through different stages in the project cycle; from planning and implementation to monitoring, evaluation and reporting, tackling financial management as well. Participants still worked in small groups and by doing so, they filled the walls of the room with new knowledge.

By constantly giving feedback to each other, humanitarian workers widen their knowledge in the main topics of the day. For instance, group representatives had to draft a project proposal in order to present the projects to their donors; an activity based on real humanitarian situations. Whilst in the afternoon sessions, participants worked as a big group, focussing in discussions and experience sharing.

DAY 5 – 29 March, 2019

After a week of intensive groupwork, debates and learning from each other, the trainings came to an end. During the day the participants had the opportunity to summarize their experiences and share them with the rest of their colleagues. Furthermore, they could give feedback to the facilitators in order to improve further trainings.

As a closure, all participants received a certificate stating their participation to the training. In addition, they received a USB stick with all the materials which had been used during the sessions.

RedR Indonesia and India teams wish you a pleasant and safe journey back home.